P&O Ferries relaunches Hull ferries Pride of York and Pride of Bruges after refit

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 21 Mar 2017

Two of Hull's super ferries are to be relaunched this week following a a multi-million pound refit.

P&O Ferries will celebrate the relaunch of the freshly refurbished Pride of York on Wednesday at King George Dock in Hull.

The 32,000 ton vessel, which can carry nearly 900 passengers on its travels between Britain and Europe, has had its freight facilities, shops, catering experience and bedrooms completely overhauled, and its bars will now have hotspot wi-fi.

Next week, the ship's sister vessel, The Pride of Bruges will be relaunched in Zebrugge, after receiving a similar refurbishment.

Janette Bell, managing director at P&O Ferries, said: "We are delighted that this £8.5m relaunch has transformed freight driver facilities, on-board shops, Brasserie and improved the cabins for everyone who sails with us."

"Imagine stepping on board a ship which takes you to the continent in comfort and importantly provides you with a good night's sleep, whilst giving you time to relax over a meal and take advantage of some great shopping deals. It is the ideal package for tourists who don't want to endure a budget airline and for freight drivers who want to relax overnight and reach their destination on time in the morning.

"On board our upgraded Brasserie offers new menus offering value for money British and continental dishes. The bars have been given a sleek. modern feel offering hot food to order and hotspot wi-fi.

"We are proud that whether you are a tourist passenger or a freight driver you will be able to sleep soundly in your cabin and arrive refreshed the next day."

P&O has said the investment is an indication of its commitment to its Hull routes to Europe. The company offers fares starting from £40 each way.

Ms Bell said: "We aim to enable as many tourist customers as possible to experience and enjoy our new ships for themselves. This year, we are offering 33 mini-cruises to destinations such as Bruges, Ostend and Ypres."

The company is also pushing hard to attract new freight customers and the upgrades to the ferries include an overnight laundry service, special discounts for shops and a £1 Wi-Fi offer.

Originally built in Glasgow in 1986 as the MS Norsea, the Pride of York was refurbished and refitted in 2001 before entering service as part of our Hull to Zeebrugge fleet in 2003.

Business guests will be treated to lunch and a glass of wine, and given a guided tour of The Pride of York, at its launch event on Wednesday.

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